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Freshly Made Sketches #484

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WOW! After release-a-palooza last week, I’m taking a deep breath! I hope you enjoyed all the beautiful products from both SugarPea Designs and Honey Bee Stamps! Today I’m here to share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches and we have an amazing sketch from designer Amy O’Neill.

I never had the chance to show you this Paint Palette SugarCut Die last week and I really thought you needed to see it in action. It also happens to be perfect for the sketch! I cut the palette from some old corrugated kraft card stock in my stash and then added the fun little ink colors. They are cut from Tim Holtz Heavyweight Distress paper and then colored with Distress Inks. I cut the paint brush the same way with exception of the little silver ferrule which I cut from some silver paper. It is wonderfully fun to put this together and super quick too. I added a sentiment from Everyday Sentiments cut with the Sentiment Strips SugarCut Dies.

I think this sketch will be super popular and the gallery is sure to be wonderful! Come on over and join us! Thanks for stopping in today!

Honey Bee Stamps Let’s Celebrate Release – Sneak Peeks Day 3

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Welcome to the Let’s Celebrate Sneak Peeks from Honey Bee Stamps. And truly, it is something to celebrate! The release will go live on Monday, May 3rd after the release party on IG and FB that starts at 8p Central.

I am focusing today on a new stamp and die combination that will become a go-to in any stamp room: Bitty Buzzwords Stamp Set and Bitty Buzzwords Honey Cuts Dies (Release links will be live on May 3rd after the release party)

This set has all the potential to be one you reach for over and over to add sentiments outside and inside your cards. But I thought I’d show it as the focal point today. I used the partial die cut method with the word outline at the edge of my white layer. This left me room to show off a beautiful background which also helps the word pop! Usually, I would have to ink and watercolor and smoosh and….. But nope! I just pulled one of the Team Tie Dye prints instead. With one sheet, I created both cards.

When running through my Gemini Jr., placing the top plate is the key to where the die stops cutting. Mine was a little off of what I wanted and cut into the stock just a little below the word. After using a paper trimmer to cut each side away, I just cut the shadow from vellum and placed it over the card stock cut. Problem solved and I like how the vellum helps further define the word. For the patterned paper, I cut the 6″x 6″ paper to 4.25″ x 6″ and then in half again. That left a side piece that I used for cutting the words to layer on top. I just placed the dies so that they coordinated with the print showing.

I used the print part of the Bitty Buzzwords Stamps for the add on to the sentiment and I love the choices. To finish the card I added some Playful Pastels Gem Stickers.

Thanks so much for stopping in today. I hope you enjoy this peek!

FMS 482 and SPD Mix 78

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I’m up on the SugarPea Designs company blog today for the SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge #78 and I am also using the Freshly Made Sketches #482 challenge.

Our sketch today uses a slimline format which was fun to use. I used the colors from the Mix It Up challenge for inspiration. With Daniel Smith Watercolor paints, I painted the sketch vertical lines. Don’t you love the granulation on the gray?? I love how it broke into the colors from the inspiration photo!

My paint colors are Shadow Violet, Mayan Dark Blue and Mummy Bauxite. I reached for the Meadow Motifs stamp set (a continued favorite) and painted it with these moody colors. I thought I’d make this a sympathy card since they are always good to have on hand and you never want to have to make it when you need it.

Thanks so much for stopping in. Remember you have a chance to win when you participate in the Mix It Up Challenge! See you soon!

Happy Spring for SugarPea Designs

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Today I have a project for the SugarPea Designs company blog to share with you. I just love the beautiful colors of spring and that was my inspiration for today.

I chose the Open Book SugarCut dies to create the wreath. After inking a piece of watercolor paper with varying green inks, I cut a bunch of the leaves for making the wreath. I cut a few of the other leaf designs too. Then I colored some more paper with pink and yellow and cut the flower pieces.

I glued the wreath together on a silicone mat for easy positioning. Before placing it on the panel, I splattered the background with the green inks. Then I glued it down. The sentiment comes from the Happy Word SugarCut Dies and the Happy Thoughts stamp set.

I hope you enjoy this inspiration. Hop over to the SugarPea Designs Blog for lots more! Thanks for stopping in today.

Freshly Made Sketches #479

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Hi everyone! A new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches today and it is super fun to use. Sketch designer Kim Singdahlsen really gave us a great one this week.

I decided to pull out some products from The Greetery and Honey Bee Stamps for this one. The Summer Sketches flower was my starting point (The Greetery) and I added a sentiment from Sentiment Suite: Birthday Stamp set. The Nordic Frames Dies seemed just right for the sketch and I used that on the sentiment panel for extra detail. After first wanting to go all white on the card base, I realized it was just a little too clean even for me. So I added the Basketweave Background Stencil with the same green ink (Altenew) in the leaves. A few pearls from my stash and done!

I hope you have a great week and will be able to join us for the challenge. Thanks so much for stopping in today! See you soon!

Faith & Florals for Erin Lee Creative

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Happy March! I am thrilled today to share projects for a new release by Erin Lee Creative! This release is full of faith inspiration and so much more!

My first project for you today is a card using the new Faith & Florals set. I think you are going to love this one.

I wanted to keep this fairly simple to focus on the art so I did a loose watercoloring of the image. It is hard for me to just allow things to go outside the lines but I love the effect!

The sentiment comes from the same set. All of the set sentiments are ones that you are sure to love. After stamping the sentiment, I decided just to add a few splatters to add to the loose feel.

Next up, I have a different style of card using the new Be Still stamp set. This set contains more fabulous sentiments that are perfect on artsy background.

I created this background with Distress Oxide inks in Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean on Distress Watercolor Paper. I then stamped the sentiment from Be Still in Nocturne Versafine Clair and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I cut the panel with a stitched die and put on a black card base to help make the sentiment pop.

I hope that you enjoy these new release cards! The release is live and I’d be grateful if you chose to shop my affiliate links. Thanks for stopping by today. See you soon!

Spring Blooms for Honey Bee Stamps

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I’m up for the social media team on Instagram for Honey Bee Stamps today. But I wanted to share here too! I took a class last weekend with the amazing Jenn Shurkus on all things Distress Ink. What fun! It encouraged me to pull out some things that I hadn’t really used in a while and just play. I strongly encourage doing that! It is good for the soul.

Using Distress Watercolor Paper, I stamped the Spring Blooms image with Versamark. Then I heat embossed with white embossing powder. Using Distress Oxide inks, I smooshed the ink down on my Waffleflower Watercolor Mat and then spritzed with water. I then took a small acrylic block and used it to pick up the ink for placement. I like using a small one because I can sort of control where color goes and then use the corner or edge to place more down.

The key here is patience. Just let it dry between colors. It also allows you to see where you need to come back with a little more color for variance. The Oxide inks have such interesting color breakdowns with water and they are fabulous to use. For colors I used Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Squeezed Lemonade, and Mustard Seed. I chose a sentiment from the new Spring Joy Bouquet set, stamped it on Black card stock, embossed with white and then cut it out with the coordinating Spring Joy Bouquet die. I added a few Bubblegum Confetti elements to finish.

I hope you enjoy this card and will go give this a try. If you are totally new to Distress Ink, go visit Jenn Shurkus and sign up for one of her classes. You’ll be happy you did! I have some more fun coming this weekend from Erin Lee Creative and then a new release for her on Monday. See you then!

Stay Golden for Erin Lee Creative

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Today I’m sharing a project I created for the Erin Lee Creative company blog. I have said it before, I love Erin’s fresh take on products and her point of view is always unique and trend-making.

I love how she creates things that I didn’t even know I needed….at least until I see it! That was my starting point for today’s card. I love this Stay Golden Word Die!  Love it.  From the Urban Dictionary, “Stay Golden” means “Stay true, real”.  Yeah.  How better to cheer someone on who is struggling with confidence or a big decision? As a mom of a high school senior, I thought this would be perfect for him as he starts to make choices about next year.

I kept this clean (like almost always) but tried to make it a bit more wow by using glitter paper with the dies.  The Nesting Stars Die Set seemed like a perfect choice to go with the sentiment.   I love the overall shape of these and the varied widths make them fun to use together or apart.  I added a few gold sequins for a little more shine and decided to call it good.  There is only so much “stuff” a high school boy will tolerate after all.

I hope you like this card and are inspired to look through Erin’s amazing product line for the next trend! Thanks so much for stopping in today.

Freshly Made Sketches #471

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I’m happy to be able to share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches today. Our sketch was designed by the lovely Karren Johnson and it is another winner for sure!

I started with this dotted circle die from Pinkfresh Studio. Something about just cutting the dots into a base that I just love. I thought this flower from Folk Hummingbird was a nice fit for the sketch so I stamped it in Momento ink and colored it with Copic Markers. At first I just had white behind the circle but it got a bit lost. So I added a piece of pale blue card stock underneath and that was the perfect answer. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

I hope you will have a bit of time to play along with us this week. Our team has created some beautiful inspiration and I would love to see you in the gallery. Back tomorrow with a card for SugarPea Designs. See you then! Thanks for stopping in today.

SugarPea Designs Winter Release Day

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Today is the day!! Release day for the Winter Release by SugarPea Designs! Today (Friday) at 2p Eastern all the shopping go live! Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY by commenting on the team posts.

I wanted to come back to the Friendship Blooms stamp and die sets today but with the addition of some products I had not shown you yet. I created the background with the Gradient Stripes Stencil. I love the potential for this one. It is gorgeous with this Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide Ink but would also be fabulous with embossing paste and other mediums. I added a layer from the new Stitched Scallops SugarCut which is just a fabulous basics set. I do love workhorse dies!!

Because I had started with Distress Oxide Ink, I thought that I should do some coloring with regular Distress Ink. I used Abandoned Coral and Picked Raspberry for the flower and then Bundled Sage with a touch of Rustic Wilderness on the leaves. I chose this pretty sentiment from the Floral Envie Stamp set to create a birthday card.

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I have enjoyed sharing with you all week and I cannot wait for you to be able to craft with these amazing products. The release goes live today at 2p Eastern and I’d love for you to shop with me if you are so inclined. Thanks for all the kind words all week. You really make sharing so wonderful! Now, time for a Sugar Rush!!

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